Things We Should Be Cleaning But Don't.
For many years before Thanksgiving I freaked out about cleaning my house. I don’t know about you, but when holidays near, I get stressed out because I host Thanksgiving. I spent four days before Thanksgiving on my feet cleaning and cooking.
Last year before Thanksgiving I realized I should've been cleaning these whole time. If I had been, I wouldn’t spend an entire day before Thanksgiving cleaning these. I realized after doing these tasks daily or once a week they were easy but they didn’t take as much time anymore. I got used to doing these chores and then I got faster at doing them.
These are things in your home you are likely not cleaning daily or once a week. If you are, I give you a virtual high five.
The first thing you’re not doing you need to be doing once a week is using a telescopic duster. Amazon sells telescopic dusters be sure to get the longest one you can find. Dust your baseboards weekly the longer you wait the more elbow grease it takes to clean them. For ceilings clear any cobwebs, run the duster along the wall if you have crown molding. Dust the tops of your valances or your blinds and ceiling fans which are often overlooked. Light fixtures and vents should be dusted too. Dust your framed pictures.
Every day you should clean your cabinets and drawers in your kitchen and bathroom. You should spray the fronts of the cabinets and the drawers. Clean anywhere where you touch them, or things could splatter on them. I take about 90 seconds to do the kitchen. Once a week I clean the entire door or drawer front and edges.
I no longer scrub my cabinets a few times a year because they’re clean all the time now. Last week my husband made a mess cooking, and he didn’t notice it. Because it was part of my daily clean up, I got to the mess before it got hard and crusty.
Do not ignore your fridge, freezer and pantry you should clean them once a week. I’m not saying must take everything out and wipe the shelves. Once a week use a wet paper towel wipe up any spills and crumbs.
Toss the expired foods and dump leftovers that are no good. Check the pantry and make sure you toss anything that expired or is empty. Kids love to put back cereal boxes with three Cheerios left. Trust me this makes grocery shopping a lot easier. This can help save your sanity when you come home with $300 worth of groceries.
Sofas and upholstered furniture need vacuuming once a week with the upholstery attachment. Go over the arms, the cushions, and pillows dust and hair accumulate on those too. The vacuum will remove dirt. Fluff and rotate the cushions for even wear. Even leather sofas need TLC from a soft cloth. This will keep your couch looking cleaner and fluffier.
Clean your floors last since you are knocking dust around while cleaning. You should clean the corners and edges of the walls with the crevice tool on your vacuum. Most cannot do this daily so aim for once a week. Vacuum under the furniture if you can or try to once a week. Going back and forth with the vacuum is not good enough to get all the dust and dirt out of the floor. Many people do not know to move the vacuum in multiple directions. Vacuuming every day makes a huge difference in how your carpet looks. I struggle with this myself but at least try to vacuum the high-traffic areas of your home every day if possible. It helps keep your carpet clean.
The foaming carpet sprays sold at stores can be a real game changer. Foaming Carpet Sprays are easy and fast. Start with a vacuumed floor and work into the carpet with a damp mop. Once the foam dries vacuum again, your carpet will look so much cleaner, and takes less time than steam cleaning.
If you or your child has asthma or allergies, these things can be a big difference in your quality of life. My allergies were bad and I suffered from several attacks every week. Since I’ve changed my cleaning routine I no longer have allergy attacks.
Besides cleaning these will make preparing for a guest or holidays less stressful. These chores are done once or twice a year. Cleaning these takes hours because we never do it and that specific thing is filthy.
I realize tasks may not be realistic for all to do once a week or daily but need a cleaning more than a few times a year. By cleaning these things we can help keep those with allergies healthy and save time in the long run.